Last year I published a post where I was very against deleting old content. The gist of my post was:
I never delete any of my old posts. I don’t think you need to. Why would you want to remove the content you worked so hard to write?
I totally understand why my stance was that way. I like being able to see where I came from.
But recently, Lisa from Elembee talked about why she deleted almost 500 posts on her blog. And you know what? I kind of love why she did it. I’d encourage you to read her whole post, but here’s one of her points:
Keeping old posts unrelated to the purpose of my site today would have meant forcing you to sort through irrelevant posts to find what you need.
My blog has changed
Nose Graze has gone through a lot of different phases.
- I jumped into book blogging, doing everything I thought I was “supposed” to do with a book blog. I participated in memes, I did author interviews even though I don’t actually like READING them that much, and I published a lot of short, kind of shallow posts.
- I moved away from memes and posted a ton of book reviews and some blogging tips.
- Now, I’m almost exclusively about blogging tips.
Even though I’m almost exclusively about blogging tips these days, books and reviews are still part of my life. I will keep posting them when I have them—I just have a lot less of them. So I don’t see myself deleting my reviews any time soon.
But what about those memes?
My old posts are embarrassing
I have a lot of old posts that I’m not proud of. I have posts that look and feel pointless and just completely… irrelevant. I’m not sure how many people will actually read those old posts, but I look at them and feel a little embarrassed. Are those things I want on my blog? When I get new readers who are going through all my old posts, do I want them to see those?
I want my posts to support my focus
I want my posts to feel relevant. I want them to contribute to my overall message. I want them to be high quality.
My old posts aren’t in line with those goals.
And while I can acknowledge that, actually deciding to delete my posts is scary as hell! This is way scarier than the time I deleted my categories. These are my posts! They feel like my blogging babies.
Deleting posts might be the right move, but it’s so hard to actually do it.